Enter an underground world of stalactites, stalagmites, underground streams, bizarre rock formations and towering caverns.
Caving is the best way to discover Northern Ireland's inner beauty. Give it a go and you'll find your way through hidden passages to a remote world of chambers adorned with natural features that will take your breath away. There are well over 50km of caves in Northern Ireland, with the longest stretching to 7km! There is a fantastic range of caves to choose from and it's always an exhilarating day out. Beginners start by exploring horizontal caves and have to twist and turn through tunnels, slide on their bellies, paddle through water and even swim a little. More experienced cavers graduate to discover vertical drops and use ladders and ropes to get around safely.
How to get started
To find out if caving is for you why not visit the famous Marble Arch Show Caves and take a boat ride deep into the caves. Or enjoy a session in the Belfast ALP at Belfast Activity Centre which contains over 200 metres of ‘realistic’ man made cave.
To try caving for real, contact a caving provider where you can learn the basic skills from a professional. They will provide all the necessary equipment and all you will need to bring is warm clothes.
Is it easy?
To start caving you need to be physically fit and water confident. After learning your basic skills, you can gain further experience by joining a caving club.
Is it expensive?
Until you reach an advanced stage it is not recommended to go caving without a guide. Therefore the equipment you need to buy is minimal. All of this (such as helmets, torches, harnesses etc) will be provided as part of your booking with your chosen activity provider.